June 29, 2012
With the summer event season picking up steam, many of our top acts will be booking up fast over the next few months. Fortunately, at Sternberg Clarke, we're always on the lookout for new talent to expand our ever growing stable of top class performers and we're constantly auditioning new acts for possible corporate event bookings. In an effort to keep you, the faithful blog reader (and possible events planner) in the loop on all thing's entertainment, we thought we'd share a few of our favourite auditions from the past few weeks.
First up was vocalist Louise Golbey who, backed by a gently plucked acoustic guitar, treated us to a handful of stripped down cover versions that would be ideally suited to background music for hotel or restaurant residencies. The duo's arrangements of pop covers such as Michael Jackson's 'The Way You Make Me Feel' are smartly built around the interplay between the delicate guitar playing and Louise's soulful but gentle voice.
You can take a look at a video of the pair performing a cover of Michael Jackson's 'The Way You Make Me Feel' right here.
Jazz singer Josie Florence fronts a quintet of young musicians fresh from London’s most prestigious music academies and though they’re relative newcomers to the events industry, you’d never guess it. Displaying an easy, relaxed stage presence, Josie led her band through a mix of standards and Bossa Jazz versions of well known tunes that would go down a storm at drinks receptions. The band are able to perform in a variety of sizes and guises allowing them to fulfill a range of roles when it comes to providing music at an event.
Finally Gypsy Jazz duo The Javas put a playful spin on the Hot Club style Jazz of Stephan Grapelli an Django Reinhardt that left the Sternberg Clarke team beaming with admiration. The duo, consisting of Violin and acoustic guitar are dab hands at arranging popular songs into a Hot Club style, taking on The Bangles’ ‘Eternal Flame’ and Britany Spears’ ‘Hit Me Baby One More Time’ and making them their own. But it was their inspired take on Beyonce’s ‘Single Ladies’ that left a lasting impression; so much so it left everyone wondering if Mrs. JayZ didn’t rip the tune from some unknown French band in the 30s. I mean, she stole the dance.
You can watch a video of The Javas performing 'Single Ladies' here.